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October 15, 2014 Updates

FIBA carried out an extensive anti-doping programme in the lead-up and during its main events in 2014, with the results confirming that all players who participated are clean and reinforcing the fact that basketball is a low-risk doping sport. More than 300 samples were collected over the course of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA World Championship for Women and the FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women, with a minimum of three players per team tested. The testing was carried out to establish Athlete Biological Passports (ABPs) and to detect Human Growth Hormones (HGH) and Erythropoietin (EPO) among others. Sportando

October 9, 2014 Updates

The expansion of the NBA’s international market has coincided with the increase of international players. During the 2013-14 season, a record 92 NBA players were international imports, filling more than 20 percent of the league’s roster space. International players hoping to break into the NBA use preseason and exhibition games to demonstrate their skills to NBA teams, and they’re willing to suffer potentially embarrassing losses for the opportunity. The Fields of Green

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October 7, 2014 Updates
September 25, 2014 Updates

The retired Chicago Bulls center Bill Cartwright was named the coach of Mexico’s national basketball team. Cartwright, 57, played 16 seasons in the N.B.A. and was part of the Bulls squad that won three straight titles between 1991-1993. After retiring, he joined Phil Jackson’s coaching staff as an assistant, helping to guide the Bulls to 1997 and 1998 titles. New York Times

September 18, 2014 Updates
September 17, 2014 Updates

Tom Thibodeau: You know, I think you go through different cycles. I think the international players have done very, very well in our league. We played well in this tournament, but Spain was playing great, but they had one tough game and they lost. There's a lot of good teams. France is very good, Argentina is good, Brazil is good, and I'm sure I'm leaving somedbody out... Every year is different, so I think to make a broad statement like that... I don't know. I think it's good for the game to have pro players playing the World Cup. I think it makes it better for everybody. HoopsHype

September 15, 2014 Updates
September 14, 2014 Updates

After that game and the uproar which was created, fueled by a twitter comment made by Goran Dragic, FIBA announced that disciplinary proceedings against Australia were opened. According to FIBA bylaws Australia is facing a fine of up to 500.000 US dollars and/or suspension from international tournament play if found guilty. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis also could face a fine of 100,000 US dollars or suspension if found to have willfully manipulated the result. The reaction of the Australian federation was a denial and also the will to cooperate in the proceedings. Eurohoops posed the question about the ongoing investigation, asking also if a draw after the end of the group phase in order to determine the couplings for the rest of the competition could be a future solution and the answer of Baumann was the following, implying that what happened in Spain can be used as an example for the future: “As you know there are open proceedings for this case. The point is that something like this can’t happen again in the future. As for the draw, we are happy with our current format and we are not expecting to change it”. EuroHoops.net

Collet hopes to have Joakim Noah back with the team after three years of absence. Noah missed Olympic Games in London in 2012, Eurobasket 2013 and this year’s FIBA World Cup. “I hope Joakim Noah will return to the France NT” Collet said. “He helped us to win the silver medal at Eurobasket 2011 and I think he is now a better player. He became one of the best big men in the world” added Collet. Sportando

September 11, 2014 Updates

The result could have some influence on Brazil's Olympic bid in 2016, when it will host the event in Rio. FIBA officials in Madrid confirmed to ESPN.com that Brazil has not yet been awarded a berth in its own Olympics with a proposal on the issue to be put before the governing body's board next spring. The team might have to qualify via next summer's FIBA Americas Championship. "It's very sad because we know we could have gone further but we didn't," Barbosa said. "We have a great team. Right now, we lost but we're still together. This was just a bad day." "If it's in our hands we will take this," Teodosic said. "We will not give it away. If we have a chance in the semifinal, we want to go on." ESPN.com

September 9, 2014 Updates

Ibaka teammed up with Sportlobster to give away three FIBA World Cup basketballs signed by him personally. All you have to do is post #Spain2014 in the Basketball Fanzone on www.sportslobster.com for a chance to win. Oklahoman

September 8, 2014 Updates

Basketball's governing body is investigating if Australia deliberately lost a World Cup game to delay a possible matchup with the United States. FIBA says "it is widely suspected that Australia lost" on purpose to Angola in a Group D game last Thursday in Las Palmas, Spain. The Angolans won 91-83. FIBA says Australia's "on-court behavior... generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts." Associated Press

Brazil scored 14 fast break points to Argentina’s zero. Prigioni and Scola ended the game in foul trouble, and for the latter, he knew that Brazil had him figured out. Afterwards in the mixed zone, he answered every question hurriedly, and became agitated when asked about Argentina’s group of players, most notably himself, Manu Ginobili and Carlos Delfino, the latter two, not playing in this World Cup due to injury. “What group,” Scola said. “Manu is not here. Manu hasn’t been here in a couple of years. Delfino’s not here. What is this group? We keep talking about a group but it doesn’t exist. We keep changing players every year and it’s probably two or three players that played in the Olympics before that won medals so what is exactly this group?” TalkBasket

Enes Kanter, who was voted most valuable player of the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship while leading Turkey's junior national team to the bronze medal, stated that he has always been proud of serving the Turkish National Basketball Team, saying; “I love my county more than those who accuse me of turning my back on it.” Today's Zaman

“Many people on social media have claimed that the national team lost the games because I chose not to join the team. They created this image that I had done this arbitrarily. They even accused me of being a traitor for not playing for Turkey. But those claims are just false. I am in love with my country. I am honored to represent Turkey. I have always tried to be patient with any kind of slander and preferred to act with moderation according to the requirements of my culture. Those who know me also know that I have nothing to hide. I would never betray my country, as some claim.” Today's Zaman

September 7, 2014 Updates

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